It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

The winter rains have settled in.

After a very dry season, February was wet.  And the first three days of March have been soaking wet in Monte Sereno/Los Gatos.

Here is some data regarding rainfall.  In the current ‘season’ (July 1 through June 30), there have been 16.57 inches of rain (to 21:47 Pacific on 03/03/09).  In the past 48 hours, we received 2.55 inches of that rain, or ~15.4% of the season’s rainfall.  This data is from the Santa Clara Valley Water District‘s station RF125 (by Vasona Reservoir) on the map below.  Our site is less than a mile from this weather station.

Map from Santa Clara Water District showing weather station locations in the Silicon Valley.

Map from Santa Clara Water District showing weather station locations in the Silicon Valley.

Yes, it has been raining.

Accumulated water levels this morning, which took an hour to pump dry.

Accumulated water levels this morning, which took an hour to pump dry.

As 17509 Via Sereno is at the bottom of the street, the water was flowing nicely by our house as it rounded the corner into the storm drain.

Water flowing to storm drain.

Water flowing to storm drain.

Rain Slows Construction Activities

Given the heavy rains, we slowed the project down.  Jorge was the only person on site today.  The major task for the day was for Jorge to build eight 18 inch x 18 inch forms to set into the structural slab to provide space for the plates and embedded rods that will support the steel columns.

The first forms that were made were too small.  These forms were just 3 inches wider than the steel plates on both sides.  Unfortunately, this small form will not provide sufficient space to adjust the nuts under the metal plate.

Smaller, rectangular form that needs to be replaced.

Smaller, rectangular form that needs to be replaced.

You can see this form is much larger, which allows access to adjust the nuts on the threaded rods that are embedded in the foundation slab.

New form that is diamond-shaped to allow access to adjust the nuts supporting the plates for the steel column.

New form that is diamond-shaped to allow access to adjust the nuts supporting the plates for the steel column.

After the steel columns are in place and the structure has settled, the void will be filled with grout and concrete.

Fixing the Roof on the Tar Paper Shack

Somehow (?) a leak developed in the roof of the temporary site office.

Darren Johnson, who designed and constructed the roof structure, was notified of the issue and refused to make a separate trip down from Edmonton, Canada to fix the leak.  Consequently, Bryan got the ladder out and climbed up onto the roof.  A couple pieces of duct tape and the leak was fixed.  At least until the next strong wind gust comes through (should be within the hour).

Duct tape roof repair.

Duct tape roof repair.

After verifying the float switch was working on the sump pump, Bryan locked the gate and left for home.

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